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Jan 24, 2013, 07:45 PM
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Apple today began a new 'Get Stuff Done' promotional sale, offering discounts on several popular productivity apps.

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The sale, which will take place over three weeks, features three categories: Prioritize, Organize, and Utilize. This week's category is Prioritize, and features list making apps like Clear and Things at a deep discount. Here's a full list along with prices:

-Clear (http://appshopper.com/mac/productivity/clear): $6.99 down from $9.99 [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clear/id504544917?mt=12)]
-Things (http://appshopper.com/mac/productivity/things): $24.99 down from $49.99 [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/things/id407951449?mt=12)]
-2Do (http://appshopper.com/mac/productivity/2do): $14.99 down from $29.99 [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2do/id477670270?mt=12)]
-Due (http://appshopper.com/mac/productivity/due): $4.99 down from $9.99 [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/due/id524373870?mt=12)]
-Todo (http://appshopper.com/mac/productivity/todo): $6.99 down from $14.99 [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/due/id524373870?mt=12)]
-TaskPaper (http://appshopper.com/mac/productivity/taskpaper): $11.99 down from $24.99 [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/taskpaper/id424281111?mt=12)]
-The Hit List (http://appshopper.com/mac/productivity/the-hit-list): $24.99 down from $49.99 [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-hit-list/id432764806?mt=12)]
-BreakTime (http://appshopper.com/mac/productivity/breaktime): $2.99 down from $4.99 [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/breaktime/id427475982?mt=12)]

The sale on these apps will last from January 24 to January 31. Next week, Apple will feature a new set of apps for sale.

Article Link: Apple Launches 'Get Stuff Done' Promotion for Mac App Store (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/24/apple-launches-get-stuff-done-promotion-for-mac-app-store/)



Chuck-Norris
Jan 24, 2013, 07:49 PM
so apples saying there own reminders, calender and notes app wont cut it? Lol

astrobill
Jan 24, 2013, 08:09 PM
....will the preceding weeks' sale prices stay up as the remaining weeks' deals are revealed? Also, what if some of the apps in each of the three categories go together? How does a user know in advance if there's a "suite" of apps they should get that work well in a three-app sequence better than other combos???

1080p
Jan 24, 2013, 08:13 PM
How about discounting the iWork suit...

KernelG
Jan 24, 2013, 08:26 PM
I'm about to buy a copy of FCPX to Get Stuff Done. Can I get a 50% discount on that? :D

Unggoy Murderer
Jan 24, 2013, 08:29 PM
so apples saying there own reminders, calender and notes app wont cut it? Lol
Or, maybe they're saying "our default Apps are pretty good, but if you really want to take one of them to the next level, take a look at these".

Apple can't do everything, (I'm sure they would love to...) but if they did, iOS wouldn't ship every year.

captmatt
Jan 24, 2013, 08:44 PM
Perhaps with a sale they'll compete better with Omnifocus (not on sale BTW).

slimbek
Jan 24, 2013, 08:49 PM
It seems skeuomorphism still alive and kicking.

jclo
Jan 24, 2013, 08:51 PM
....will the preceding weeks' sale prices stay up as the remaining weeks' deals are revealed? Also, what if some of the apps in each of the three categories go together? How does a user know in advance if there's a "suite" of apps they should get that work well in a three-app sequence better than other combos???

It does not look like these sales will last longer than one week, so they won't stay on sale when next week's deals appear. Things' app description says the sale ends January 31, as do the app descriptions of some of the other apps on sale.

mrsir2009
Jan 24, 2013, 09:04 PM
How about discounting the iWork suit...

Of course not! That actually sells!

Jessica Lares
Jan 24, 2013, 09:04 PM
I remember getting The Hit List with MacHeist a loooong time ago. Pretty good, but I've now replaced it with Firetask, which I got at last year's MacHeist. :D I find it to be a lot nicer, and it has an iPad app, unlike THL.

Looking forward to next week's Organize sale. :D

Pakaku
Jan 24, 2013, 09:06 PM
so apples saying there own reminders, calender and notes app wont cut it? Lol

You already gave Apple your money when you bought their product. Now you should buy theses apps so Apple can take their 30% profit.

sazivad
Jan 24, 2013, 09:33 PM
so apples saying there own reminders, calender and notes app wont cut it? Lol
Well, not explicitly.

I think it is good, though, that apps like these exist at all, and the old thing about "no duplicating existing functionality" has been dropped.

Especially from Apple, historically keen on intentionally limiting features for the sake of simplicity.

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I'm about to buy a copy of FCPX to Get Stuff Done. Can I get a 50% discount on that? :D
Well, FCP 7 was sold at $1000. FCP X is sold for $300.

That's a pretty big discount right there, especially considering all of the new features added.

QCassidy352
Jan 24, 2013, 09:36 PM
so apples saying there own reminders, calender and notes app wont cut it? Lol

reminders is truly embarrassing. 2do rocks on the iphone, and it might be worth $15 for the mac... still pricy, but it's that good, and reminders is that bad.

dweezle3
Jan 24, 2013, 09:37 PM
so apples saying there own reminders, calender and notes app wont cut it? Lol

Nah, they're just saying, "buy some apps so that you can do more stuff! Doesn't matter if they're our apps or not, we make money either way!" :p

Spink10
Jan 24, 2013, 09:37 PM
ToDo purchased!

NMF
Jan 24, 2013, 10:11 PM
A "GTD" promotion without OmniFocus? Maybe Apple really is slipping...

gm713
Jan 24, 2013, 10:13 PM
It seems skeuomorphism still alive and kicking.

I know, ugh! And looks like it's getting worse.

el-John-o
Jan 24, 2013, 10:59 PM
How about discounting the iWork suit...

That'd be cool, but it's already priced far below the competition and is selling really well, why would they?

I'm with ya though, I'd love a discount on iWork, and perhaps a new version too!

ArtOfWarfare
Jan 24, 2013, 11:46 PM
Don't you just love selling your stuff in a store where the owner periodically shoves your product out of the way? Sure is tons of fun when Apple picks the winners.

el-John-o
Jan 24, 2013, 11:49 PM
Don't you just love selling your stuff in a store where the owner periodically shoves your product out of the way? Sure is tons of fun when Apple picks the winners.

How is that different than ANY OTHER retail environment?

If you sell a product in a brick and mortar store, there will still be sales, displays, items marked 'best seller' and probably even displays setup with certain products, while other products remain on the shelves, perhaps even covered in dust and behind a pallet jack!

I can't think of any online software store that doesn't do these same sorts of things. What good is it to a customer if the software store just throws all the apps in there willy nilly. Customers want ratings, they want to know what sells well, and they want occasional promotions like this where certain apps are highlighted.

Apple is no different here than any other retail environment.

JonyHolt
Jan 25, 2013, 12:14 AM
This get stuff done design looks absolutely atrocious. Who is signing off on this stuff?

nickpro
Jan 25, 2013, 12:23 AM
Thats a hell of a deal for Things. One of the best designed and functional apps I've ever used.

ikir
Jan 25, 2013, 01:16 AM
Nah, they're just saying, "buy some apps so that you can do more stuff! Doesn't matter if they're our apps or not, we make money either way!" :p

Users here are never happy. Apple always promoted third party app, you have choice.

rdvg
Jan 25, 2013, 01:20 AM
Apple broke GTD apps by removing the reminders from Calendar. I used to love Things and used the quick entry into iCal from iStat Menus. This is now broken with 10.8.

An usual Apple trick introduce new "features" and deprecating and removing useful ones.

Carlanga
Jan 25, 2013, 01:36 AM
GREAT!!! So many :apple: apps to choose from... oh wait, none is made by :apple: :mad:

amundln
Jan 25, 2013, 03:48 AM
This is the free OmniFocus license key that the Omni Group posted on their blog:

License Owner: Waiting for OmniFocus 2
License Key: KXKN-ZJDB-EJCX-LZHW-CFBF-QFC
(From http://www.omnigroup.com/blog/entry/anticipating-omnifocus-2)

They will debut OmniFocus 2 on January 31st, looking forward to it! I guess their competitors know this and are using discounts to get users on board before OF 2 is released. And Omni is trying to counter it by giving away a free license. Competition IS good for consumers :)

rodpascoe
Jan 25, 2013, 04:01 AM
This is the free OmniFocus license key that the Omni Group posted on their blog:

License Owner: Waiting for OmniFocus 2
License Key: KXKN-ZJDB-EJCX-LZHW-CFBF-QFC
(From http://www.omnigroup.com/blog/entry/anticipating-omnifocus-2)

They will debut OmniFocus 2 on January 31st, looking forward to it! I guess their competitors know this and are using discounts to get users on board before OF 2 is released. And Omni is trying to counter it by giving away a free license. Competition IS good for consumers :)

I ditched OmniFocus a month or two ago and now use doit.im. So far I'm LOVING the better interface and better iPhone, iPad and OSX apps.

rmwebs
Jan 25, 2013, 04:29 AM
Meh. I tried to get into these sorts of apps but found them more of a hinderance. You still cant beat a good old paper to-do list IMO. Then have that followed by a much more extensive todo list in a Google doc or evernote - does the job fine without having to pay for what is essentially a fancy todo list app.

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GREAT!!! So many :apple: apps to choose from... oh wait, none is made by :apple: :mad:

and why the hell is that an issue exactly? :rolleyes:

Greg.
Jan 25, 2013, 04:36 AM
These all seem awfully expensive for applications that essentially display a list of things to do.

Simplicated
Jan 25, 2013, 05:39 AM
A "GTD" promotion without OmniFocus? Maybe Apple really is slipping...

Yep, definitely Apple's fault. Apple is just different without Steve. Without Steve the Omni Group refuses to reduce the price. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

happyduck42
Jan 25, 2013, 07:33 AM
A "GTD" promotion without OmniFocus? Maybe Apple really is slipping...

On the brink of OmniFocus 2 being released. I don't think it make since for OmniGroup to discount V1 a few days before the unveiling (not sale) of V2. Makes me think the others are doing a fire sale before the V2 announcement; but then it could be a coincidence. :rolleyes:

amundln
Jan 25, 2013, 07:41 AM
Meh. I tried to get into these sorts of apps but found them more of a hinderance. You still cant beat a good old paper to-do list IMO. Then have that followed by a much more extensive todo list in a Google doc or evernote - does the job fine without having to pay for what is essentially a fancy todo list app.[COLOR="#808080"]

Good point. Apps can be great for capturing and organizing stuff, but many task managers need a lot of maintenance to be effective. They are overkill if all you want to manage are simple, personal tasks.

Having a text document and transferring tasks to a piece of paper may be more low-tech than buying an app with lots of bells and whistles, but it does the job. Compared to Evernote I think Apple's Reminders offers an easier way to capture thing on the fly, but like a text list it does not require any organizing if you don't want to.

For work I use Omnifocus. It has all the features you need to stay on top of projects with a lot of people involved, long time frames and so on. Still transfer tasks from OF to paper each morning, though.

tardegrade
Jan 25, 2013, 07:49 AM
I've been waiting and waiting for Things to go on offer. Nice app, but woefully overpriced. Now it's at the price it should be all the time. Purchased!

balconycollapse
Jan 25, 2013, 07:57 AM
I tried a lot of these tools. Things was given up on for poor customer service. Omnifocus was too pricey. 2do was ok. It became evident that there the main idea to get from GTD is to split big projects into doable chunks to help yourself be able to open your to do list and just grab something off it that can be done in an hour. Some people started GTD with a small notebook. I spend so much time working at the computer that I went with Workflowy which is a web app and now iPhone app. Basically an infinite outliner with tagging links and completing of tasks if you want to organize your todos. More flexible then having to conform to the way these apps want you to optimize your working by filling in too many details dates. That stuff is just friction that slows you down when you have a good idea. Real paper and pencil is still the best but you need a lot of sheets if you're going to get a lot done and keep a lot of notes along the way.

Keebler
Jan 25, 2013, 08:27 AM
I bought the Mac version of 2Do.

I've been using the iOS since it came out.
I prefer it because it can be simple or more involved if you choose. It's up to you.

Bought the Mac version because my iPhone isn't always with me, I'm faster typing on my keyboard and I like the notifications feature in ML.

I like the syncing capabilities between the devices and Mac.

Solid customer service. Quick to help whenever I've needed it and they seem to stay on top of it. They're not a dormant developer.

I'm sure many of the other apps offered can be great too.

The point for any of these apps is to get right into it and use it....whichever one.

My Grandma used to keep very organized using a regular piece of paper and pen so I figure 2Do's simple enough for me.

Cheers,
Keebler

mdriftmeyer
Jan 25, 2013, 09:02 AM
These apps are extremelyl limited in functionality and originally way over priced.

Make an application like Pencil Me In [from Sarrus and later buried @ Sun Microsystems Inc] for $39.99 or $99 Enterprise license of unlimited number of clients hitting a PostgreSQL 9.2.x+, Oracle, MySQL 5.5+, even SQLite or NoSQL to do what it did and you'd have a winner:

http://gnu.ethz.ch/www.levenez.com/pencilmein.png

OS X Applications with limited functionality to be similar to iOS apps is not what the consumer needs.

GIZBUG
Jan 25, 2013, 09:04 AM
I use pocket informant. No real reason to switch to any of these.

AQUADock
Jan 25, 2013, 09:11 AM
These apps are extremelyl limited in functionality and originally way over priced.

Make an application like Pencil Me In [from Sarrus and later buried @ Sun Microsystems Inc] for $39.99 or $99 Enterprise license of unlimited number of clients hitting a PostgreSQL 9.2.x+, Oracle, MySQL 5.5+, even SQLite or NoSQL to do what it did and you'd have a winner:

Image (http://gnu.ethz.ch/www.levenez.com/pencilmein.png)

OS X Applications with limited functionality to be similar to iOS apps is not what the consumer needs.

Are you serious? Yes lets make the application with as many features and clutter as possible, thats exactly what consumers need.

Tomacorno
Jan 25, 2013, 09:18 AM
I've been waiting and waiting for Things to go on offer. Nice app, but woefully overpriced. Now it's at the price it should be all the time. Purchased!

I am away from my Mac but looked at some Things reviews and opened the app store to look at the iPad version. The reviews tout its sync across devices. However, the iPad version looks to be $19.99. It appears that if I buy Things for the Mac on sale at $24.99 I also have to buy the $19.99 iPad version to take advantage of the sync across devices. And I suppose an additional something if I wanted it on an iPhone.

So, that kind of takes the wind out of that sail. The app store makes no indication of the sale extending to iOS land at this time. Which would make sense. I suppose if you really like the app then you are getting the Mac and iPad versions for the price of the Mac version. The problem is I don't have any idea if this will be better than the other apps I have tried and that is a spendy gamble.

tardegrade
Jan 25, 2013, 12:13 PM
I am away from my Mac but looked at some Things reviews and opened the app store to look at the iPad version. The reviews tout its sync across devices. However, the iPad version looks to be $19.99. It appears that if I buy Things for the Mac on sale at $24.99 I also have to buy the $19.99 iPad version to take advantage of the sync across devices. And I suppose an additional something if I wanted it on an iPhone.

So, that kind of takes the wind out of that sail. The app store makes no indication of the sale extending to iOS land at this time. Which would make sense. I suppose if you really like the app then you are getting the Mac and iPad versions for the price of the Mac version. The problem is I don't have any idea if this will be better than the other apps I have tried and that is a spendy gamble.

Yep. That's one of the reasons why I think it's so overpriced. But then I've had the iPhone version of it for a long time so it makes sense for me. I certainly wouldn't have paid full price though. As there are better To-Do apps out there for less (it's simplicity works for me). If you go to the developers website they offer a free trial for the Mac. It's worth trying it that way before buying as it's certainly not for everyone.

Carlanga
Jan 25, 2013, 03:38 PM
...and why the hell is that an issue exactly? :rolleyes:
and why the hell you have an issue w/ my having an issue w/ an apple software promo with no apple apps :rolleyes:

Cubert
Jan 25, 2013, 07:27 PM
This get stuff done design looks absolutely atrocious. Who is signing off on this stuff?

Scott Forstall. On his way out the door. ;)

NUR6
Jan 28, 2013, 02:32 PM
A "GTD" promotion without OmniFocus? Maybe Apple really is slipping...

http://www.omnigroup.com/thedebut/

FYI might want to wait and see. Personally I use Things.

NUR6
Jan 28, 2013, 02:56 PM
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/10/16/david-allen-and-intentional-software-forge-a-partnership-to-bring-gtd-to-the-masses/

I use Siri to reminders or Apple Mail and quick entry to Things (all devices) to BusyCal works for me. YMMV.

AndrewJMason
Jan 30, 2013, 07:55 AM
Just wanted to throw my two cents in. Waiting for OF2....and had an exclusive interview with the CEO of Omni about this week's event where he spills a few more details about the new version. Looks pretty sweet! - http://proguide.io/omnifocus-2-0-preview-with-ken-case/